We are very pleased to announce we are charter members of new archival management software ArchivesSpace! What is ArchivesSpace, you ask? From their website:
The New York University Libraries, UC San Diego Libraries, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Libraries are partnering to develop a next-generation archives management application that will incorporate the best features of Archivist's Toolkit (AT) and Archon. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project team is developing a technical platform, governance structure, and service model that will provide the archival community with a cutting-edge, extensible, and sustainable platform for describing analog and born-digital archival materials.
What does that mean for us? First of all, it means the Congregational Library & Archives will soon have new tools at our disposal to enable to us continue caring for our collections (read: your collections!) in the best ways possible. Furthermore, these tools will be integrated together and no longer separate, allowing for increased efficiency. Secondly, it means we’re on the ground floor of this exciting application, testing it before many other institutions in the country get to use it. And in that endeavor, we're keeping some very exciting company. There are 55 other charter member institutions, ranging wildly in size and scope, including:
- Smithsonian Institution
- National Library of Australia
- Boston City Archives
- Getty Research Institute
- Rockefeller Archive Center
- Johns Hopkins University
- Harvard University
- University of California, Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles, and San Diego
- University of Michigan
- Yale University
We're still in the process of learning the software, but are very excited to be a part of this project! Keep an eye on our blog for further updates!